William Shakespeare Quotes
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To be, or not to be: that is the question:~ William Shakespeare
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
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The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.~ William Shakespeare
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.~ William Shakespeare
Were kisses all the joys in bed, One woman would another wed.~ William Shakespeare
The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.~ William Shakespeare
Action is eloquence.~ William Shakespeare
- Coriolanus, III, ii
For you and I are past our dancing days.~ William Shakespeare
- Romeo and Juliet, I, v
MACDUFF: What three things does drink especially provoke?~ William Shakespeare
PORTER: Marry, Sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery sir, it provokes and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.
- Macbeth, II, iii
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.~ William Shakespeare
- Julius Caesar, III, ii
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself~ William Shakespeare
And falls on t'other [the other side].
- Macbeth, I, viii
I say there is no darkness but ignorance.~ William Shakespeare
Since that my beauty cannot please his eye, ~ William Shakespeare
I'll weep what's left away, and weeping die.
- The Comedy of Errors, Act II, scene i, lines 112-113
To be furious ~ William Shakespeare
Is to be frightened out of fear.
- Anthony and Cleopatra, Act III, scene xiii, lines 195-196
The nature of bad news infects the teller. ~ William Shakespeare
- Anthony and Cleopatra, Act I, scene ii, line 96
For they say every why hath a wherefore.~ William Shakespeare
- The Comedy of Errors, Act II, scene ii, line 42
Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing. ~ William Shakespeare
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.~ William Shakespeare
The Devil hath power ~ William Shakespeare
To assume a pleasing shape.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood.~ William Shakespeare
It is a wise father that knows his own child.~ William Shakespeare
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.~ William Shakespeare
Cowards die many times before their deaths;~ William Shakespeare
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- Julius Caesar
Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.~ William Shakespeare
That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. And the best of me is diligence.~ William Shakespeare
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.~ William Shakespeare
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.~ William Shakespeare
Have more than thou showest,Speak less than thou knowest.~ William Shakespeare
There is thy gold; worse poison to men's souls, ~ William Shakespeare
Doing more murther in this loathsome world,
Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell:
He does it with a better grace, but I do it more natural.~ William Shakespeare
In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em. ~ William Shakespeare
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.~ William Shakespeare
A surfeit of the sweetest things~ William Shakespeare
the deepest loathing to the stomach brings.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
How far that little candle throws his beams!~ William Shakespeare
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
- The Merchant of Venice
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is~ William Shakespeare
To have a thankless child!
- King Lear
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,~ William Shakespeare
Which we ascribe to heaven.
- All's Well That Ends Well
True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.~ William Shakespeare
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
- King Richard III
Double, double, toil and trouble~ William Shakespeare
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
The eagle suffers little birds to sing, ~ William Shakespeare
And is not careful what they mean thereby.
- Titus Andronicus
The miserable have no other medicine ~ William Shakespeare
But only hope.
Out, out, brief candle! ~ William Shakespeare
Life's but a walking shadow,
A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot,
Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man. ~ William Shakespeare
- The Merchant of Venice
My nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer's hand.~ William Shakespeare
Jesters do oft prove prophets.~ William Shakespeare
- King Lear
'Tis mad idolatry ~ William Shakespeare
To make the service greater than the god.
Ignorance is the curse of God, ~ William Shakespeare
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
- Henry VI
Thou art the Mars of malcontents.~ William Shakespeare
- The Merry Wives of Windsor. Act i. Sc. 3.
Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword shall open.~ William Shakespeare
- The Merry Wives of Windsor
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more; ~ William Shakespeare
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea, and one on shore;
To one thing constant never.
- Much Ado About Nothing
I do desire we may be better strangers. ~ William Shakespeare
Blow, blow thou winter wind, ~ William Shakespeare
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
- As You Like It
The silence often of pure innocence ~ William Shakespeare
Persuades, when speaking fails.
- A Winters Tale
And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not.~ William Shakespeare
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; ~ William Shakespeare
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.